6 Wild Sharks is the latest release from 4ThePlayer, who have previous brought us games such as 9k Yeti and 1 Left Alive. It features 6 reels, which pay 4,096 ways. 6 Wild Sharks comes with a high volatility warning – for players who are in a country allowing Advanced Mode, volatility can vary depending on choices made, but regardless of choice, this slot is volatile one, with a maximum win of a whopping 10,368x bet. For players playing on Portrait Mode on mobile, there is an option to play BIG REEL Portrait Mode, exclusive to 4ThePlayer slots. This enlarges the reels, stacks them, spins from left to right, and pays from top to bottom. This mode maximises the visual experience for players, but does not change the gaming experience, features or payouts.
6 Wild Sharks is, unsurprisingly, themed around the oceanic world. The pay table reflects this fairly well through the premium symbols. At the lower end of the table, 10 & J pay 1.2x bet for 6 of a kind, and Q & K pay 1.5x bet, also for 6 of a kind. Aces pay 2x bet for 6 of a kind. These values can seem low, but its important for the player to remember wins pay 4,096 ways, so some excellent wins can still be formed despite the pay table seeming under whelming. The theme comes into play when you approach the premium end of the pay table, with fish and stingrays paying 2.5x bet for 6 of a kind. The octopus symbol and scuba diver pay 4x bet and 6x bet respectively, each for 6 of a kind. The top symbol is the surfer girl, which pays a massive 30x bet for 6 of a kind.
The Buoy Scatter triggers the free spins, landing on reels 3 and 4. Only two scatters are necessary to trigger free spins, and during the bonus landing two more scatters on reels 3 and 4 retriggers free spins. The Shark Wild appears in the Wild Zones (reels 1, 2, 5 & 6) and substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter symbol.
The game comes with two modes: Classic Mode and Advanced Mode. The bad news is that Advanced Mode will not be available to players within the UK, but for those outside the UK this mode enables players to choose up to 6 wilds to lock into the Wild Zones, with 4ThePlayer’s new mechanic Wild Choice. There are 14,983 combinations of wild choices. Reels 1, 2, 5 & 6 make up the Wild Zones, and each wild you lock comes at a cost which is clearly displayed on the shark. The first two reels are more expensive to lock wilds into, and on average, the more wilds you choose to lock in, the higher the cost becomes. In Advanced Mode, the locked wilds carry into the Free Spins. For players without access to Advanced Mode, Classic Mode remains available. Classic Mode is fairly standard, with wins continuing to pay 4,096 ways. On average, it takes 3.8 spins for any win to occur, 88 spins for a big win (15x plus), 130 spins for a Free Spins Bonus win, and 894 spins for an epic win (100x plus). The RTP of this slot is 96.5% in Classic Mode, and 97% in Advanced Mode.
During Classic Mode, once Free Spins are triggered you are awarded 15 free spins, and then it gets interesting. Players can choose to lock in Shark Wilds, in exchange for some of their free spins, adding up to 6 wilds and potentially being awarded as little as 1 free spin. As with the base game, shark wilds can only land in the wild zones; reels 1, 2, 5 & 6. The general recommendation of the slot is that wilds placed on reels 1 and 2 will award frequent wins, and wilds placed on reels 5 and 6 will award bigger wins. Of course, players can choose to accept their 15 spins and try their luck without adding any wilds. In Advanced Mode, the wilds locked into the wild zones carry over to the free spins, and 10 free spins are awarded. Any additional shark wild that lands in the wild zones will also lock in place for the remainder of the free spins. Landing two extra scatters on reels 3 and 4 retriggers the bonus in both modes, awarding an extra 3 free spins.
6 Wild Sharks is an interesting addition to the 4ThePlayer family, and it’s for the player indeed. For players within the UK, Classic Mode can seem just like any other slot, and in many ways it is. The base game isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, but the bonus adds a twist that we like to see. For players that have access to Advanced Mode, this slot really shines, and is a great gaming experience for any player. Of course, any highly volatile game with 4,096 ways and a max win of over 10,000x is a welcome addition for players, and we’re fairly sure we’ll see some huge wins from this slot.
6 Wild Sharks is released exclusively to LeoVegas on 26/08/20.